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Like the Hindu goddess Kali, the process of evolution moves in a cosmic dance of creation and destruction. The magic of this momentum of movement can at times make the illusory world of the life experience feel like a bit of a hallucination. Technology (and the potential for AI) is evolving at an unprecedented rate,... / READ MORE /
“The Shaman and the Scientist“, a new documentary film directed by Sarah Hutt and featuring Dennis McKenna, will have its world premiere at The PKD Film Festival in New York City. Join Dennis on Saturday, February 24th, from 3-5 p.m. EST. Dennis will follow the film with a live Q&A. Don’t miss it! The Shaman and... / READ MORE /
​THE 2018 PHILIP K. DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP FEATURING APPEARANCES BY ARMAND ASSANTE, CHARLES BAKER, NANA GOUVEA, MICHAEL IRONSIDE, VINCENT PASTORE, TOM SIZEMORE, MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, CHUCK ZITO, AND MORE SPECIAL GUESTS (New York City, N.Y.) February 7, 2018 — We have film down to a science at The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival,... / READ MORE /
Art Credit: Ben Taylor, Artist http://www.mometo.net WHAT IS IBOGA is a film by David Roma, which offers insight into the sacred African root that’s believed to be a “miracle cure” for heroin addiction. Iboga allows for radical healing through introspective work within the deepest layers of mind, by inducing hallucinogenic trance. Considered to be the central... / READ MORE /
The Incal was a satirical, metaphysical, space-opera of a graphic novel, originally published throughout the 1980s. The visionary work was created as a result of a collaboration between Moebius, internationally acclaimed illustrator, and film designer for Alien, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element, and legendary writer/filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowsky, the writer/director of the famous cult films such as El Topo, Santa Sangre,... / READ MORE /
The smash hit series Stranger Things made its Netflix debut in 2016, starring Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder, this amalgamation of the work of John Carpenter, and Steven Spielberg, was a fresh endeavor into the horror genre, that became a viral sensation. Featuring an epic cast, an infectious soundtrack, and 80’s style nostalgia abound – this... / READ MORE /
The Reality of Truth is a documentary film, which explores the hidden (psychedelic) history of our spiritual evolution. 1.5 million people have now watched this meditation on altered states of consciousness and Ayahuasca! Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Ram Dass, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – this cinematic exploration of consciousness is not to... / READ MORE /
Halloween is a weird time. I mean that literally. Weird as in wyrd, and weird-ing. Reality loses its fixation on the daylight consciousness as we find ourselves in a sidereal realm of phantasmic entities and pale visages. Halloween is Samhain, a liminal time and the passing over into the cold and dark seasons of Fall and Winter. It... / READ MORE /
Zardoz is a quirky science fiction film originally released in 1974. Incidentally, the same year of famed writer Philip K. Dick’s science fiction flavored mystical experience (dubbed “2-3-74”). I mention this to prepare us, at the outset, for the kind of 1970s “High Weirdness” we’re about to encounter. John Boorman, the film’s director, bluntly tells... / READ MORE /
Lucid dreams are defined as dreams in which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. In a lucid dream it feels as though you are able to navigate a movie within your mind, your consciousness serving as the projector of your imagination. To make the imagination manifest through art is the great work of the creative mind, and film... / READ MORE /
Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel A Clockwork Orangewas definitely due for a full treatment – a full Ludovico Treatment!  I last watched the film some six or seven years ago and, while I knew there were obvious “MK Ultra” themes, there was much I missed.  The same happens with literature too, depending... / READ MORE /
Jennifer Sodini, founder of Evolve and Ascend, recently joined Jay Dyer on his podcast to discuss his new book, Esoteric Hollywood, which she co-wrote a chapter in. In this podcast Jennifer and Jay delve into the many signs and symbols in the biggest films covered in his book. From Blade Runner to Labyrinth to E.T., the two survey... / READ MORE /
I don’t often utilize the oft-touted term “illuminati” unless I think it is appropriate. In this case, as with my use in relation to Zardoz, it is appropriate. Doctor Strange is an amalgam of Inception, The Matrix and other science fiction-fantasy films of recent note, but unlike most presentations (except for perhaps The Matrix) is one... / READ MORE /
The popular 80s pastiche series Stranger Things begins with a familiar scene ofE.T. nostalgia, centering around Dungeons & Dragons.   The scene is particularly familiar to me, since I played D&D back in the day, but learned very quickly this nefarious practice was like kryptonite to all things female.  Oddly enough, the series appears to reflect a new trend amongst Hollywood A-listers, where nerd... / READ MORE /
“Everything you are going to be, you already are.” – The Dance of Reality Deep within the rabbit hole of cinema, lives an abundance of psychedelic films that galvanize the imagination…capturing screenshots of the dream-world, and aesthetically articulating the astral realm of all potential. The work of these creators defies explanation, and can only be... / READ MORE /
Imagine a beautiful, curvaceous Latina entering the vast contours of your psychospheric dreamscape intent on helping your inner child heal from its traumas, only to discover once you’ve enslaved her as your sex toy, Vince Vaughn shows up to kick your ass in a Matrix-ish, Neo-style fashion as King Swinger of said dreamscape.  If you accurately imagined this,... / READ MORE /
By: Jennifer Sodini and Jay Dyer After a period of silence, Radiohead has reappeared with a new single after a curious marketing pitch, removing their social media profiles from public view.  The new single, “Burn the Witch” is garnering much media attention, particularly in regard to the enigmatic lyrics and symbolism presented in the video.... / READ MORE /
Inception: My Labyrinthine Analysis Inception is one of the best films Hollywood has put out in years, and stands out as a diamond in a large stack of garbage.  If the liberals in Hollywood were really worried about the environment, they wouldn’t cloud the artistic environment with so much pollution. But Inception is something else. A film... / READ MORE /
The Maze Runner (2014) – Planetary Test Tube Revealed We’ve been subjected to a bevy of post-apocalyptic, dystopian literature and film of late, and the Maze Runner is no exception to that trend.  Based on James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the film has stayed the course with end of the world... / READ MORE /
Decoding Donnie Darko – Esoteric Analysis by Jay Dyer of Jay’sAnalysis.com Donnie Darko is, on its most basic level, a film that is homage to 80s culture. It’s a cult classic (like many 80s films!) that references other 80s films, uses popular 80s film themes, and is set in 1988. But that is not all Donnie Darko is about. The... / READ MORE /
Dark Crystal Esoteric Analysis by Jay Dyer of Jay’s Analysis Much like Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is one of those kid’s films all of us who grew up in the 80s seem to have a strange affinity for. And, much like Labyrinth, it is chock full of Henson’s same occult proclivities. While Labyrinth,... / READ MORE /